Monday Briefing: January 7th

By SFC Media time Mon 07 Jan Club
Photo by Southampton FC | Matt Watson

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Thank you, Davo

Steven Davis joined Rangers on loan until the end of the season on Sunday night, ahead of his contract expiring in the summer.

The 34-year-old returns to the club he joined Saints from in 2012, with Davis having spent six-and-a-half memorable years at St Mary’s.

The Northern Ireland skipper made 226 appearances for the club, scoring 14 goals, as he played a significant role in some of Southampton’s finest seasons in modern times.

The club captain released this statement to supporters following the confirmation of the deal that will take him back to Ibrox for the second half of the campaign:

Everyone at Southampton Football Club would like to express their gratitude for the incredible dedication and service given by Steven throughout his time at St Mary’s, and we wish him the very best of luck in the future.

FA Cup Fourth Round Draw

Southampton will share ball number 13 with Derby County for tonight’s Emirates FA Cup fourth round draw.

The draw is set to take place immediately after the final third-round tie between Wolves and Liverpool live on BBC One and we’ll bring you the news of our opponents as soon as it happens on Twitter and Facebook.

Slattery and Barnes make debuts

Callum Slattery and Marcus Barnes became the latest Southampton youngsters to make their senior debuts in Saturday’s four-goal FA Cup draw with Derby County.

Midfielder Slattery – who completed the full 90 minutes at Pride Park - and forward Barnes featured in an eye-catching squad selection from Ralph Hasenhüttl who included eight academy graduates in his travelling party.

DERBY, ENGLAND - JANUARY 05: Callum Slattery of Southampton during the FA Cup Third Round match between Derby County and Southampton FC at Pride Park on January 05, 2019 in Derby, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Midfielder Callum Slattery was one of eight Saints Academy graduates on Saturday's matchday squad against Derby. 

On his latest young prospect, Hasenhüttl said, “He won a lot of balls and has the technique to look in front and give the final pass. I was happy with his performance and he showed me his always an alternative for me.”

U23s and 18s back up and running

Radhi Jaïdi’s U23s picked up where they left off after the Christmas break on Friday, running out 2-0 winners over their Stoke counterparts at Staplewood Campus.

The opener, scored just after the hour mark, was a well-taken sidefoot finish from winger Nathan Tella, and gave the hosts control, before substitute Will Ferry put the game beyond Stoke's reach with ten minutes remaining. 

The win took Saints temporarily to the top of the Premier League 2 table, two points clear of Manchester United, who have played a game less.

The positivity continued the following morning as Paul Hardyman’s U18s put on an attacking masterclass to put five past West Ham.

Callum Idowu netted in either half and goals from Rio Glean, Ryan Cluett and Jack Turner rounding things off late on to secure all three points in a result which sees Saints edge into the top half of the U18 Premier League on goal difference.

Southampton FC Women March On

Southampton FC Women's 100 per cent league record remains in tact after a comprehensive 5-0 win away to Warsash Wasps over the weekend.

Saints were in front inside seven minutes, as Emma Whitlock's effort was pounced on by Georgie Freeland, whose scoring prowess continues as she found the bottom corner for the opener.

Caitlin Collighan doubled the visitors' advantage in the 17th minute, before further first-half strikes from Emily Wernham and Ellie Chaffe gave Saints a commanding four-goal lead entering the break.

Marieanne Spacey-Cale's side continued to dominate and rounded off their scoring in the 75th minute, when Shelly Provan's superb solo run and finish earned a well-deserved fifth.

The win means Saints maintain top spot in the Southern Region Women's Football League, but only by virtue of goal difference.

Fulham and Cardiff tickets on general sale

It’s Leicester City up next in the Premier League but from today, Saints fans can reserve their places for two big home matches coming up in February.

Tickets for the visit of Cardiff on 9 February and that in midweek of Fulham on 27 February are now on general sale to all supporters. Let’s get St Mary’s sold out for Ralph Hasenhüttl’s men!


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